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On 6/22/2019 at 4:33 PM, alfonzotan said:

I stumbled across this thread while idly wondering if the old Optiplex 760 in my dedicated MAME cabinet could be upgraded to something more modern (it's been running Snow Leopard for... well, for a quite a while).  Made several variations of the High Sierra, Yosemite and El Cap USB sticks following the guide in the original post and several different DSDTs from the thread, but none of them will boot into the OS X installer.  Going -v gives me nothing, just a long pause before the system restarts and takes me back to the Clover boot screen.  

 

Any suggestions?  With this many variations and no joy at the same error point, I'm reasonably sure I'm missing something obvious.  Not like this is life or death, but it'd be fun to see how the new HLSL vector effects look...

 

Post your specs.... 

 

CPU, Graphics Card, etc.  Many things have changed since Snow Leopard. 760 will run Sierra, or High Sierra.

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13 hours ago, morpheousman said:

 

Post your specs.... 

 

CPU, Graphics Card, etc.  Many things have changed since Snow Leopard. 760 will run Sierra, or High Sierra.

Optiplex 760 A05 BIOS, E8400 Core2Duo (3GHz), ATI Radeon 5450 512MB card, 4GB RAM.  Honestly I was surprised to see it would run anything past, say, Mountain Lion.  Thanks....

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Initial boot takes you to Clover boot menu, select boot install clover, that's as far as it goes? Then something's definitely wrong with the USB installer setup. After creating USB installer, then installing Clover, you are deleting EFI folder in EFI partition, then replacing with EFI folder from guide? 

 

Did you try El Capitan? We made a guide for El Capitan that goes into a little more detail, and Chris1111's USB Installer Creator program still works for creating USB installer for El Capitan.

 

https://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/308097-guide-el-capitan-1011x-dell-optiplex-780-760-755-790-990/?_fromLogin=1

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On 6/25/2019 at 9:08 AM, morpheousman said:

Initial boot takes you to Clover boot menu, select boot install clover, that's as far as it goes? Then something's definitely wrong with the USB installer setup. After creating USB installer, then installing Clover, you are deleting EFI folder in EFI partition, then replacing with EFI folder from guide? 

 

Did you try El Capitan? We made a guide for El Capitan that goes into a little more detail, and Chris1111's USB Installer Creator program still works for creating USB installer for El Capitan.

 

https://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/308097-guide-el-capitan-1011x-dell-optiplex-780-760-755-790-990/?_fromLogin=1

The 760 board isn't UEFI, it's legacy boot.

 

I did try the El Cap guide and installer creator and got the same behavior, which makes me think it might be a BIOS version issue, A05 is pretty old (the last release was A16).  I'll flash it up and try again this weekend.

 

UPDATE:  Nope. Same thing. Very weird.

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On 6/27/2019 at 3:31 PM, alfonzotan said:

The 760 board isn't UEFI, it's legacy boot.

 

I did try the El Cap guide and installer creator and got the same behavior, which makes me think it might be a BIOS version issue, A05 is pretty old (the last release was A16).  I'll flash it up and try again this weekend.

 

UPDATE:  Nope. Same thing. Very weird.

 

Yes, we are using Clover legacy boot settings for all these models.

There are several methods to make USB installer, the one command line version on first post of this guide works as well as any.

Chris1111's installer works fine for El Capitan

There are other methods posted in other guides.

Use any method you are comfortable with.

 

After creating usb installer.... 

Install Clover with appropriate settings for legacy install...

 

Install Clover in the ESP
Bootloader / Install boot0af in the MBR
CloverEFI / Clover-EFI 64Bit SATA
Drivers64UEFI / EmuVariableUefi-64
Drivers64UEFI / OsxAptioFixDrv-64
Drivers64UEFI / PartitionDxe-64
Install RC Scripts In Target Volume
optional:
Theme, free choice
Install Clover Preference Pane

 

After clover installation...

Delete clover folder in EFI/EFI/Clover, and replace with correct clover folder for your Model.

The Clover folder I have attached should be enough to get you going. After install, look at first page of post for sound. Best to go with AppleAlc and Lilu.

Probably best to stay with Sierra or older until you get a working install so you don't need to rollback video kexts.

 

CLOVER.zip

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1 hour ago, morpheousman said:

Install Clover in the ESP

Bootloader / Install boot0af in the MBR
CloverEFI / Clover-EFI 64Bit SATA
Drivers64UEFI / EmuVariableUefi-64
Drivers64UEFI / OsxAptioFixDrv-64
Drivers64UEFI / PartitionDxe-64
Install RC Scripts In Target Volume
optional:
Theme, free choice
Install Clover Preference Pane

 

Since we're all using Legacy Clover for the Optiplex series (at least 7xx series), we do not need to select Drivers64UEFI. This is a non-sense since this folder and its associated drivers will only work in UEFI mode :P.

 

So what you need to install is :

 

Install Clover in the ESP

Bootloader / Install boot0af in the MBR
CloverEFI / Clover-EFI 64Bit SATA
Bios Drivers, 64 bit / FSInject-64
Bios Drivers, 64 bit / SMCHelper-64
Bios Drivers, 64 bit / ApfsDriverLoader-64

Bios Drivers, 64 bit / HFSPlus-64 or VBoxHFS-64
Install RC Scripts In Target Volume
optional:
Theme, free choice
Install Clover Preference Pane

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6 hours ago, polyzargone said:

 

Since we're all using Legacy Clover for the Optiplex series (at least 7xx series), we do not need to select Drivers64UEFI. This is a non-sense since this folder and its associated drivers will only work in UEFI mode :P.

 

So what you need to install is :

 

Install Clover in the ESP

Bootloader / Install boot0af in the MBR
CloverEFI / Clover-EFI 64Bit SATA
Bios Drivers, 64 bit / FSInject-64
Bios Drivers, 64 bit / SMCHelper-64
Bios Drivers, 64 bit / ApfsDriverLoader-64

Bios Drivers, 64 bit / HFSPlus-64 or VBoxHFS-64
Install RC Scripts In Target Volume
optional:
Theme, free choice
Install Clover Preference Pane

 

Thank you for the help, it did turn out to be a BIOS issue.  After trying a few more USB sticks following this and other guides with the same result (reboot after a short pause), I reset the BIOS settings to defaults and then re-set the items for Hackintosh (AHCI, etc.). Now I can get to the installer; should have checked those settings right off the bat.

 

Appreciate it....

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The 790 Optiplex boot in UEFI 

So the advantage of having the UEFI drivers is that it can boot if the boot is passed on UEFI in the bios
And no disadvantage to have the UEFI Drivers it does not change the boot Legacy

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24 minutes ago, chris1111 said:

The 790 Optiplex boot in UEFI

 

Then settings should be as follow for Optiplex 790/990 :

 

Install for UEFI booting only

Install Clover in the ESP

 

If the following setting is ticked in the installer, whatever you choose means Legacy boot and then drivers64UEFI folder is ignored :

 

Bootloader / Install boot0af in the MBR

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I have a 790 and a 990, and am using UEFI booting in both. 

 

Have not had a 760 or 780 in almost 3 years now. 

 

But yes, if not set to AHCI in bios, you pretty much stuck at step 1, and probably have one of those "Duh" moments when you figure out what the problem was.

 

We all get our share of those moments. Just your turn. :)

 

Glad you got that figured out, and are into installer now. 

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1 hour ago, morpheousman said:

I have a 790 and a 990, and am using UEFI booting in both. 

 

Have not had a 760 or 780 in almost 3 years now. 

 

But yes, if not set to AHCI in bios, you pretty much stuck at step 1, and probably have one of those "Duh" moments when you figure out what the problem was.

 

We all get our share of those moments. Just your turn. :)

 

Glad you got that figured out, and are into installer now. 

 

Thanks, appreciate the help.

 

AHCI was actually set correctly, I'm not sure what the bad setting was, but glad I finally thought to reset and start over.

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2 hours ago, alfonzotan said:

 

Thanks, appreciate the help.

 

AHCI was actually set correctly, I'm not sure what the bad setting was, but glad I finally thought to reset and start over.

 

Cool, just let us know if you need any help, and I'm sure one of us will be available.

 

See, about the time I make the slightest mistake in a post, Polyzargone starts to keep a close eye on the thread. :rolleyes:

 

Then Chris1111 will show up to defend me. :P

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On latest Mojave 10.15 (19A512f)

Is there anyone who has the keyboard problem by tapping on Cap Locks the keyboard does not work anymore :no:

I never see this on any macOS Version :shock:

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Hello,

Would anyone be kind enough to help me work out where I've gone wrong?

I've been happily using the Dell 780 with a Radeon 6570. I have Sierra 10.12.6 & HS 10.13.6

Everything works great. But I wanted to give Mojave a go, so I've purchased a Asus GT710 2GB.

I've tried to replace various DSDT's from the site with various combinations of Audi kexts.

But the only OS that will start is High Sierra. And is very slow to boot. My audio is HDMI only.

When booting to Sierra I end up with a black screen. The same happens when I boot my Mojave installer.

I'm sure this is something silly as I see many here have been able to run all 3 OS with the 710.

I did update the clover installer from 4380 to I think 5018. But this hasn't helped.

 

Thanks in advance.

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41 minutes ago, Aaronation said:

Hello,

Would anyone be kind enough to help me work out where I've gone wrong?

I've been happily using the Dell 780 with a Radeon 6570. I have Sierra 10.12.6 & HS 10.13.6

Everything works great. But I wanted to give Mojave a go, so I've purchased a Asus GT710 2GB.

I've tried to replace various DSDT's from the site with various combinations of Audi kexts.

But the only OS that will start is High Sierra. And is very slow to boot. My audio is HDMI only.

When booting to Sierra I end up with a black screen. The same happens when I boot my Mojave installer.

I'm sure this is something silly as I see many here have been able to run all 3 OS with the 710.

I did update the clover installer from 4380 to I think 5018. But this hasn't helped.

 

Thanks in advance.


Well:
1. Eventhough the GT 710 works OOB, it does not work under certain SMBIOSes.
2. Core2* CPUS are not supported under Mojave; you'll need to replace /System/Library/UserEventPlugins/com.apple.telemetry.plugin with the one from High Sierra

Please post your CLOVER folder (omitting the themes folder)

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Ok,

So I now have 3 bootable OS. Sierra seems to work as it should with graphics and audio.

High Sierra boots just fine, as does Mojave.

HS has HDMI audio only. Mojave has no audio.

The SMBIOS is now 13.2

It's got to be something silly I'm missing now, so close..

Any help would be appreciated.

 

 

CLOVER.zip

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Hi,

Does anybody have any ideas as to how I might be able to fix my above audio problem?

Been at this a good few days now and can't seem to get it right.

I'll go back to the HD6750 if I can't figure it out. But I would like to use Mojave.

So if anyone has any ideas that would be awesome.

 

Thanks. 

 

 

 

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I've successfully installed high Sierra to my optiplex 790 only thing is my gt 790 is not detected but a radeon 5450 3mb instead even with web drivers

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On 2/24/2018 at 3:04 PM, ricoc90 said:

My Optiplex is still rockin' too  B)

 

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Could you help me get my gt 710 recognized idk if I used the wrong kext or something but it's only being shown as a 5450 3mb

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Just now, CairoC said:

Could you help me get my gt 710 recognized idk if I used the wrong kext or something but it's only being shown as a 5450 3mb


Then you'e using the DSDT that has been patched for the HD 5450. Post your DSDT

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3 minutes ago, ricoc90 said:


Then you'e using the DSDT that has been patched for the HD 5450. Post your DSDT

 

DSDT.aml

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5 minutes ago, ricoc90 said:

I put it in the patched folder and just rebooted same 3mb 5450 in about this Mac and 1024x768 resolution do you know what I should do

 

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@CairoC That's strange. Please upload your EFI folder while omitting the themes folder

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7 minutes ago, ricoc90 said:

@CairoC That's strange. Please upload your EFI folder while omitting the themes folder

it's not letting me upload the folder how should I send it

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      Volete usare HFS?
      E' possibile fare un installazione diretta su altro disco o partizione, nel caso può essere usato anche per effettuare aggiornamenti...
      nel caso guardate...
       Mojave in HFS 
       Oppure direttamente da usb  
       
      Fatto questo avrete la vostra USB bootable per installare OSX.
      ………Non scordatevi Fakesmc.kext da mettere nella relativa cartella…. senza il quale non farete mai il Boot......
      *NOTA: se usato il terminale per la creazione della usb, l'installazione si dividerà in due fasi, perciò dopo il primo riavvio e necessario far partire nuovamente l'installer, selezionare lo stesso disco senza formattarlo.
      Finita questa ulteriore fase , l'installazione sarà terminata
      **NOTA** Se avete processori Broadwell,Skylake o Kabylake...usate FakeSmc.kext e relativi sensors che trovate all'interno del secondo pacchetto.. (potete usarlo anche sui precedenti senza problemi, essendo una versione più aggiornata ha ulteriore supporto per le cpu più recenti)
      Update: Fakesmc e sensors versione 6.26
      Post installazione... post #2           
       Buon Hack….. 
      Aggiornamento:Install_Mac_OS_X.command.zip (compatibile da 10.10 a 10.12)
      le info le trovate a questo post
      Ringrazio @Ciro82 che mi ha aiutato nel preparare questa guida.
      Pacchetto.zip
      Pacchetto-2.zip
      Pacchetto-Fake+Sensors 6.26.1440.zip
      C_I_M.zip
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
    • By fusion71au
      Making a High Sierra USB Installer Entirely From Scratch in Windows
      This is a proof of concept tutorial, to show it's possible to create a vanilla High Sierra installer, entirely from scratch, in Windows (even without App Store downloaded "Install macOS High Sierra.app" from a real Mac ).  @PikeRAlpha's link to Apple's Software Catalog provides us with all the URLs necessary to download the needed files directly from Apple instead of some dubious source from the internet...
       

      Pre-Requisites
      8GB or larger USB drive Boot Disk Utility v2.1.2017rev021b from @CVAD TransMac (free 15 day trial) Paragon Hard Disk Manager Free Download Installer Files Directly from Apple
      1)  Browse Apple's Regular Software Catalog and find the URLs to download the following 6 installer files...
      BaseSystem.dmg BaseSystem.chunklist InstallInfo.plist InstallESDDmg.pkg AppleDiagnostics.dmg AppleDiagnostics.chunklist (Hint - search page for "InstallESD" to find its URL and others nearby)

      to a folder named "SharedSupport" on your Windows NTFS drive.  A browser download manager (eg Chrono for Chrome, dTA for FireFox) is handy since InstallESD is >4GB ---> allows you to pause/resume interrupted download...

      2)  Rename InstallESDDmg.pkg to InstallESD.dmg
      3)  Edit InstallInfo.plist with WordPad/text editor to remove the chunklistURL and chunklistid keys for InstallESD, and renaming it from InstallESDDmg.pkg to InstallESD.dmg (example of edited file attached to this post)...
      Note:  You can verify the SHA1 checksum of your InstallESD.dmg and BaseSystem.dmg with the correct ones at this website.
      Boot Disk Utility to format the Installer USB and Restore OS X Base System HFS partition
      1.  Format USB with BDU & latest Clover ---> creates boot files in CLOVER partition + second FAT partition
      2.  Extract 4.hfs from \SharedSupport\BaseSystem.dmg with BDU --> save to it's local folder
      3.  Restore 4.hfs to USB second partition with BDU --->  2nd partition becomes bootable "OS X Base System"
      Paragon Hard Disk Manager to extend HFS Partition to its Full Extent
      Open Paragon Partition Manager Free and resize the second partition of the USB drive to the full size allowed.  Don't forget to apply the changes at the end...
      Transmac to Copy "SharedSupport" folder to OS X Base System
      1.  Open the TransMac program and navigate to the HFS+ Volume/Install macOS High Sierra.app/Contents folder.  Right click anywhere in the empty space on the RHS pane and select "Copy Here"...
      2.  In the next stage, select the "SharedSupport" folder we created above as the "Files and Folders to be copied to the Mac Volume"...
       
      Clover Settings
      Clover configuration is required now.  The default config.plist (in the Clover FAT32 partition of the USB) maybe sufficient to boot your machine if you’re lucky.  If not, the hackintosh-vanilla-desktop-guide has some good explanations on the various settings available and also offers sample configuration files based on CPU type.  Also, look at the Clover Wiki, Clover Instructions and Clover Configuration Thread for pointers and edit /EFI/Clover/config.plist accordingly with Wordpad or Notepad.
      The location of the important configuration files for Clover are summarized below
      config.plist--->EFI/CLOVER folder DSDT.aml with or without SSDT.aml--->EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/patched (don't need one if your DSDT is auto patched by Clover in config.plist) Kexts eg FakeSMC, NullCPUPowerManagement --->EFI/CLOVER/kexts/<osx version> or /Other. NB BootDiskUtility by default already has FakeSMC.kext installed here.  You may need to add VoodooPS2Controller for your laptop keyboard/trackpad to work. If UEFI booting, you will most likely need one of the OsxAptioFixDrv-64 drivers copied from /EFI/CLOVER/drivers-off/drivers64UEFI to /EFI/CLOVER/drivers64UEFI. If you want to use the installer to run High Sierra in Windows on VMware, you can follow my guide to set up the Virtual Machine and replace Clover's default config with EFI_Clover for VMware (which is compatible to run in VMware).  In the screenshots below, I have attached the USB Installer (in this case PhysicalDrive7) to my macOS Virtual Machine.  Reboot the system to the USB installer to install High Sierra ...
      What happens if we don't have access to TransMac or Paragon Hard Disk Manager?
      Not a problem, as long as we get "OS X Base System" bootable, we can launch terminal from the Utilities Menu to copy the SharedSupport folder over to the Installer app.  In essence, we will build the full installer app = 5GB+ on the target HD eg "Macintosh HD", by copying both the "small" installer app = 15MB (on "OS X Base System") and the SharedSupport folder from the NTFS volume (mounted in this example on /Volumes/DATA)...
      -bash-3.2# cd / -bash-3.2# cp -R Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app /Volumes/Macintosh\ HD/ -bash-3.2# cp -R /Volumes/DATA/SharedSupport /Volumes/Macintosh\ HD/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app/Contents/  
      ...then start installation with the startosinstall utility...
      -bash-3.2# /Volumes/Macintosh\ HD/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/startosinstall --volume /Volumes/Macintosh\ HD --converttoapfs NO --applicationpath /Volumes/Macintosh\ HD/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app  
      The above steps can be automated with the attached "startosinstall.command" script, which will assemble "Install macOS High Sierra.app" on "Macintosh HD" and launch the startosinstall utility targeting the "Macintosh HD" volume.  Copy/download to "Macintosh HD", then run in terminal (after attaching DATA USB with /Shared Support folder)...
      cd "/Volumes/Macintosh HD" chmod +x startosinstall.command ./startosinstall.command Updated Download Links for macOS Mojave 10.14.6_18G87
      Browse Apple's Regular Software Catalog and find the URLs to download the following 6 installer files...
      BaseSystem.dmg BaseSystem.chunklist InstallInfo.plist InstallESDDmg.pkg AppleDiagnostics.dmg AppleDiagnostics.chunklist  
      Note: In Mojave, Apple has removed the --converttoapfs NO and --applicationpath arguments from the startosinstall utility....
       
      eg to use startosinstall for the above section "What happens if we don't have access to TransMac or Paragon Hard Disk Manager?", the syntax is now
      -bash-3.2# /Volumes/Macintosh\ HD/Install\ macOS\ Mojave.app/Contents/Resources/startosinstall --volume /Volumes/Macintosh\ HD  
      This basically means that for Mojave, the default installation will always convert the target volume to the apfs file system.
       
       
      startosinstall.command.zip
      InstallInfo.plist_edited_10.13.6.zip
      InstallInfo.plist_edited_10.14.6.zip
       
    • By Pentothal.Z
      Hello all,
      I have a working hackintosh....ok.....but it takes a lot to boot and according to the boot.log there are a few problems.
      One of them is a black screen that stays on for a long time.
      I would like to ask anyone in this community some help to fine tune my machine.
      Boot.log and config.plist attached


      Any help would be appreciated.
      bootlog.txt
      config.plist
    • By 22eme_arkane
      Hi everyone !
       
       I build a new os on High Sierra and i have problem with my Skarkoon RAID 5 - 5 bay, is unmounting, work fine in windows but not in Mac Os.
      I use a card eSata in chipset Marvell 88SE9215, and i have the kext 3-party eSata  but nothings change.
      I try with the AppleAHCIPort.kext v328, nothings change.
       
      Any solution ?
       
      Thanks a lot !
       
      Config : GA-Z68X-UB3-B3 // BIOS UEFI, Version: U1f //
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